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Privacy and messaging – just between me and you

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Mobile messaging taps into the human desire for contact. But what about the human desire for privacy? Alan Duric, co-founder and CTO at Wire wants to bring it back.

Here he talks to MEF Minute features editor, Tim Green about his privacy-first chat app as part of MEF’s recently published Future of Messaging Guide which can be downloaded here for free.

The success of mobile messaging proves one thing. However fast technology moves, people beings will always want to communicate with other people.

Every social network – Facebook, SnapChat, Line, WeChat – just reminds us of this basic human need.

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Venmo: turning IOU into ‘how are you?’

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US-based Venmo is a surprising thing: a social messaging app based around payments. Actually, says Venmo’s head of product Ben Mills, it’s not surprising at all. It was designed that way.

MEF Minute’s features editor, Tim Green caught up with Mills to discuss how the company has combined payments, messaging and social media to build its billion-dollar business model.

In the US everyone knows about Venmo. In a country that still likes to use cheques, this person-to-person payments app offers a glimpse of the future. Venmo lets people send money to each other instantly.

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iTouch Messaging : MEMS is a rich-media messaging platform, for Africa too

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Waheed Adam, Chairman of iTouch Messaging, describes a rich-media messaging solution tailored to the African markets and describes the unique challenges and solutions facing businesses bringing these services to the region.

While Africa faces many technological challenges in terms of bandwidth and stable/affordable data and internet rates/services, improvements are being made and the technology ecosystem is getting better.

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Text: the driver behind the drivers

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It takes a huge amount of complex technology to make Uber’s transformative service run smoothly. But without reliable text from driver to rider, it all falls down…

Here MEF Minute’s features editor, Tim Green, explains the role of SMS in the Uber service with additonal comments from Uber founder, Travis Kalanick. The original article appeared in MEF’s Future of Messaging Guide alongside more than 3o other use cases, interviews and articles. The guide can be downloaded here for free.

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What’s next for enterprise messaging? CLX’s Robert Gerstmann discusses RCS

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Just a few days before Mobile World Congress, Google announced plans to integrate RCS messaging in to new Android handsets. 27 mobile carriers and OEMs have agreed to make it their default-messaging app so that the newly christened ‘Android Messages’ will become a native feature of Android devices going forward.

Here, MEF member, Robert Gerstmann, MD for CLX Communications discusses the significance of the Google RCS announcement.

Robert also caught up with MEF TV at Mobile World Congress. See his thoughts from the show floor in the video below.

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JT Global: In IoT and messaging, we can be the operator for the operators

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Jersey’s JT Global is one of the world’s smaller mobile operators. But it has huge ambitions. It’s using the insights gleaned from its advanced network at home to target IoT and messaging users all over the world. MEF Minute talked to JT’s Tom Noel…

By the end of this year, the most connected place in the world could be Jersey, a small island off the coast of Northern France.

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What gives? Charities get smart with text

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SMS has been a big boost to charitable giving. Now, says Cancer Research product manager, Lisa Elkins-Jarrett, new tools are making it even more effective.

It’s no exaggeration to say that SMS has transformed the charity sector. Most people want to give, but some can be reluctant to engage directly with charities for fear of a ‘hard sell’. Text bypasses this. It’s straightforward and immediate. Read rates average at around 95 per cent.

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Chill! SMS provides a cool machine fix

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Philips Healthcare manufactures, manages and maintains expensive and sophisticated IT machines for the healthcare sector all over the world. And when their machines break down, repair is usually complex, requiring skilled engineers, and above all very costly.

Far better then to implement early warning systems that detect and forecast impending machine failure and notify an engineer that something is wrong?

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OpenMarket’s Steve French: RCS can super-charge enterprise messaging

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RCS is the next generation of SMS, a platform that can bring OTT-style features to the standard messaging app on Android devices. But it’s not just for person-to-person chat, says Steve French of OpenMarket, recently announced as an official partner of Google’s early access program.

In the MEF’s Future of Messaging Guide, Virgin Trains talked about the power of a simple text message to transform the travel experience of vulnerable passengers at Euston station in the UK.

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And now for this message…how Facebook can make money from Messenger

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It’s official: Facebook is testing ads for Facebook Messenger. What does the move mean for the app’s one billion users? Tim Green, MEF features editor, looks behind the headlines…

A modest blog post by Facebook earlier this year pointed to a potentially significant moment for the social network.

The company revealed it is to conduct a small test in Australia and Thailand ‘that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen’.

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